Wolves of the Northern Rift by Jon Messenger (Book Tour)

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Title:  Wolves of the Northern Rift
Series:  Magic and Machinery #1
Author:  Jon Messenger
Published:   March 10th, 2015
Publisher:  Crimson Tree Publishing
Genre:  Steampunk
Content Warning:  Non-graphic gore/violence
Recommended Age:  16+

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 In a world of science, magic is an abomination.
Magic is an abomination. It spread from the Rift, a great chasm hundreds of miles long that nearly split the southern continent in two. The Rift was a portal, a gateway between their world of science and the mythological world of magic .
On the northern continent of Ocker, King Godwin declared that no magical monstrosity would be allowed within their borders. The Royal Inquisitors were formed to investigate reports of mystical occurrences and, should they be found, to destroy them.
Inquisitor Simon Whitlock knows his responsibilities all too well. Along with the apothecary, Luthor Strong, they've spent two years inquiring into such reports of magical abominations, though they've discovered far more charlatans than true magical creatures. When assigned to investigate Haversham and its reports of werewolves, Simon remains unconvinced that the rumors are true. What he discovers in the frozen little hamlet is that the werewolves are far more real than he believed; yet they’re hardly the most dangerous monster in the city.
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Simon stepped into the hallway and pulled his door closed. He reached across the divide and straightened Luthor’s tie, which hung askew from the center of his neck. As he straightened the tie, he caught a scent of something foul in the air. He wrinkled his nose and glanced over his friend’s shoulder.
  “Do you smell that? It’s atrocious. It’s a mixture of spoiled milk and gangrene. Please tell me that isn't coming from your room.”
  Luthor blushed slightly and looked over his shoulder. “I accidentally broke one of my vials when I was unpacking. It’s an unpleasant scent, to be sure.”
  Simon frowned. “Please don’t tell me that was one of the liquids in that foul brew you gave me on the zeppelin.”
  Luthor pushed his glasses back up his nose but remained silent.
  “Luthor?” Simon asked, arching his brow inquisitively. “It wasn't, was it?”
  When the apothecary didn't reply, Simon threw up his hands in disgust and stormed down the hall.
  “In my defense,” Luthor said as he hurried to catch up, “you told me not to tell you.”
  “I swear that you’re trying to poison me. You slip these terrible concoctions into my drinks just to kill me slowly.”
  “There are actually indigenous tribes along the far eastern shores that intentionally ingest poisons in an attempt to build a resistance to the natural venoms that exist in their flora and fauna. Despite a wide spread acceptance of the practice, only a very small percentage of them actually die.”
  “You find the most remarkable ways to try to defend your inane actions,” Simon said. “I’m not an indigenous tribesman from the eastern shore. Please stop trying to poison me.”
  “I’d never poison you without your knowledge,” Luthor said before reconsidering his word choice.
  “I guess I should be pleased that my friends will stab me in the face, rather than stabbing me in the back.

4 Stars!
Jon Messenger wrote a wonderful book. I enjoyed reading it and found it to be very interesting. There are twists and turns at every point and people with secrets. I found myself trying to piece everything together with Simon and attempting to solve the mysteries upon mysteries. I loved the way the book was written. There was great detail that made the story jump off the page. The book answered enough questions to make me feel satisfied at the end but also left enough unanswered that I'm excited and can't wait for the next book. The friendship between Simon and Luthor can be hilarious at time but you know that they would do anything for one another. Jon Messenger has a refreshing new take on fantasy creatures I already knew of. It was different from anything I've ever read. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and steampunk because this book was great!

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About the Author:
Jon Messenger (Born 1979 in London, England) serves as an United States Army Major in the Medical Service Corps. Jon wrote his first science fiction trilogy in 2008 and has since written and published over 10 novels.  The scope of his writing has expanded beyond science fiction to include the New Adult and Steampunk genres.  His books have become Amazon bestsellers, been translated into foreign languages, and have won numerous awards both for content and covers.
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Crimson Tree Publishing Links:
(an adult division of Clean Teen)
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Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • A bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card.
Giveaway is International.

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jonmessengerauthor said...

Thanks so much for hosting and reviewing Wolves! I loved this concept since it first struck me and am flattered that you liked it. Like you said, I tried to make it something people haven't read before, a style and genre all its own. I can't wait to share the book with everyone in just a week and a half!

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